At least seven Indians among victims in Christchurch slaughter

Six days after the slaughter in a mosque in Christchurch, burials have started with authorities releasing the bodies

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While authorities in New Zealand have started releasing bodies of people slain in a Christchurch mosque last Friday by a white supremacist, it has now been confirmed that there were at least seven Indians among the 48 people slaughtered by the killer. The Indian High Commission has confirmed the identity of five of them. But media reports from New Zealand speak of at least two more Indians among the dead.

  • Ansi Alibava (25) had moved to New Zealand with her husband Abdul Nazer in 2018, a year after they had married. She had just completed a master's degree in agribusiness management.
  • Asif Vora (58) and his son Ramiz (28) were also shot dead at Al Noor mosque. Ramiz’s wife had delivered their first child days before he was killed. Since the baby was put in an incubator, he had not had any opportunity to hold her, family members said.
  • Maheboob Khokhar, a 65-year-old Indian engineer, was on his first trip to New Zealand, visiting his son, who had moved there from India eight years ago. He and his wife had spent two months in New Zealand and were to leave for India the day after the killing.
  • Farhad Ahsan, originally from Hyderabad, India, had lived for 10 years in New Zealand, where he worked as an electrical engineer. He has left behind a wife and two children.
  • Ozair Kadir(25) was a trainee pilot in Christchurch and dreamed of being a commercial pilot like his older brother. Originally from Hyderabad, he had moved to New Zealand in 2017.
  • Mohammed Imran Khan (47), known as Imran Bhaiowned a restaurant, the Indian Grill, and two other Christchurch businesses. A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page the day after the attacks said it would be closed indefinitely.

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